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Tech Coffee Break - January 11, 2016

Bob Bertsch, Facilitator
24 participants

Bob reminded that these coffee breaks are for sharing ideas, throwing out problems, etc.

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Tech Christmas Presents

Bob bought his son a Pebble Round smartwatch for Christmas. It’s very thin and lightweight but does most of what other smart watches do.

Others got FitBit, iPhone 5, FitBit Charge HR, Jawbone UP3.

Dena said she needs to review the tutorials for her FitBit. Newer models vibrate when the phone rings, but older ones don’t. It even has caller ID.

Samantha has fallen in love with her Jawbone, which does what the FitBit Charge HR does but doesn’t have a screen. It comes in different colors, and the screen shines through so looks more like a bracelet. Samantha got her Jawbone for $40 off with Target’s Cartwheel app.

Rachel asked how to get used to an Android tablet after using an iPad. Bob said the Android has more buttons, so it often just takes playing with it and getting used to it. Carole also has an iPhone and Samsung tablet. She downloaded the iPhone manual and felt more comfortable after reading information.

Dena said a 3-year-old got a snowman wireless Bluetooth speaker.

Bob got a View-Master Virtual Reality, which is similar to the Google Cardboard, for about $40 that can work with virtual reality apps and videos. http://www.view-master.com/en-us

Julie said they got her folks NixPlay that runs off the Internet to share photos. She can get into their profile so she can email photos to their device. They just plug it in connected to the Internet, and when they walk by, it plays photos. https://www.nixplay.com/

Bob said his wife set up a generic email address to a Shutterfly account so Grandma can easily see everybody’s photos. Carole uses https://cluster.co/.

Julie asked if anyone had used Yapp App to build events, such as class reunions, family reunions, etc. https://www.yapp.us/ Mike said the N.D. Association of Counties used Yapp for their conference, and Julie said they used it at National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.

Bob said eXtension uses Lanyard to organize conferences and conversations, so it sounds similar to Yapp. Bob also has seen a similar Sched app.

An app should be developed for fall and support staff conferences. Any volunteers to work on it?

Carole suggested the conference committee give attendees an external battery USB charger, and Linda Schuster said they’d already thought of that.

2016 Goals

Bob is participating in a Working Out Loud circle, and the idea is for 12 weeks to team up with a group of five or six to set a personal or work or learning goal and use your online network to achieve that goal. Kevin Gamble offered to lead about six groups, which meet weekly. Bob said he hasn’t learned a lot new, but he’s accountable to accomplish something each week. He’s reading John Stepper’s “Working Out Loud.” http://workingoutloud.com/the-book/

Maybe have a small group on website editing and design (Rachel, Calla, Samantha and others).

Other participants said their goals included to learn to use the Canon ES Rebel and use OneDrive more.

Ag Comm is starting a webinar series – 3 p.m. Central Time each third Wednesday:

  • Jan. 20 – Skype for Business
  • Feb. 17 – cloud storage and collaborative documents (OneDrive, SharePoint, Google Drive)

Becky explained that Ag Comm is trying to get photos from publications filed into ZenPhoto, which is the site that was used for State Fair awards. By using the consistent keywords that also are used for news releases and publications as they're transitioned to Ag CMS, photos will be able to be more easily found. Staff still may upload photos to Flickr -- https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/agcomm/lets-communicate/flick-your-photos-onto-flickr-4 and https://www.flickr.com/groups/ndsuagcomm/. However, for agent-in-action shots, email directly to Becky to put into ZenPhoto.

Kelli shared that Ag Comm is trying to use more infographics, especially to tie into National Whatever Month or Day and to use on social media to bring people back to our more-detailed information. She suggested easel.ly http://www.easel.ly/, Canva www.canva.com and Piktochart www.piktochart.com and https://www.youtube.com/user/Piktochart. Stacy is doing 15-20 infographics on the various crops in their grant project and is loving Canva.

Impact reports could be more like infographics with fewer words. Deb said program leaders are discussing new impact report ideas, but photos, charts, etc. can be included now. Deb said an infographic might be used to tell part of the story, especially in the feedback section.

Samantha has subscribed to the Texture service/app for about $14 per month, and she has access to hundreds of magazines that she can read online for a month. https://www.texture.com Can we get our Extension publications into something similar rather than having to search on the Web? Ag Comm is working on getting our 750+ PDF publications into Ag CMS so they’re viewable on smartphones and tablets, but Bob said he has discussed the app idea with a few people, and Ag Comm also is exploring that.

If anyone wants to join the NDSU Extension Innovation Facebook group, go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/NDSUExtInnovation/. It’s a closed group, but Bob OKs any Extension staff. Also, the recordings and notes of these Tech Coffee Breaks will be added to www.ag.ndsu.edu/innovation.

Notes by Becky Koch


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